Long Way Down

January 16th, 2021

Reportedly google is pausing political advertisements for the moment. Curiously, youtube — owned by google — threw me this ad.
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The answer to the question is, appatently, contingent. It feels full of a little bit of lag time — propped up after the death of Ginsburg and by dent of being “conservative” in 2020 getting that “hell yeah” as opposed to a 2016 “hell no.”

Events supercede this one. At least the common ad plastered at the am con showing the heafs of Trump and either Biden or Pelosi ha e moved from “Was the election stolen?” or “Should Trump stay in office?” (Present) to a past admission “Was Trump a great president?”

Tactics of right wing jackasses and left wing jackals converge. They’re “Press”, you see. Possibly less sophisticated than that which you see in the Great Portland protests turned riots turned protests– and mind you they decree you with your camera phones are not press, and can be dealt by their press accordingly.

A funny thought about the ten Republican congress-crittets voting for Impeachment. Two come from the state of Washington. Washington State has a “top two primary”, which maybe scrambles some of the “primary” threat — Newhouse having once moved from a primary contest to a general election from the right “tea party” flank in some footballer named Clint Didier — who he can defeat with a broader electorate of Independents and Democrats. Granted, if this consideration were present, we would maybe see some Californian Republicans voting for Impeachment, but it seems to me to sit there.
Jumping around the public statements, I find myself sliding next to the one who said that he doesn’t know if Trump’s actions January 6th fot the legal definition of “inciting an insurrection” (it doesn’t) but … That’s not the standard. But pull back to plucking back to the released phone call requesting the discovery of 11,780 votes. What exactly else do you want here?

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January 13th, 2021

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The kind of people who get into QAnon probably aren’t going to be big on structures and habit. They’re never going to be boring; as Phoebe Courtney, half of the husband-and-wife gadfly team behind the INDEPENDENT AMERICAN newspaper, put it in reference to the John Birch Society of the 1960s, they’re not the sort to become “docile precinct workers.” But if they had the tools and training to actually dig in useful places, they might turn up some interesting things. It’s often noted that the Right has a surfeit of pundits; what we lack are diggers, the dedicated researchers who do the boring work of poring through documents to find news. But maybe we’ve had them all along — they’re just naive and untrained. What if we trained them, empowered them, and turned them loose? People turn to conspiracy theories to explain a world they can’t understand. Giving them the tools to explore the real world could keep them more grounded — and turn up some interesting things for the rest of us.

So if we provide conspiracy crackpots with sufficient access to facts, they won’t select and distort those facts to confirm their conspiracy theories: they will sober up and discover “interesting things” for the rest of us!
I tend to agree that crackpots will likely find another thing to be crackpot about, but the basic idea that more ordinary people should be taught how to engage effectively in democracy via tools such as the FOIA is correct. Just because someone is a crackpot does not mean that they should not be taught the means to be effective political actors. They are entitled to know that information and giving it to them is the right thing to do. Crackpots or not, they are still full citizens and their elected officials are there to serve them, not to rule them.

It’s possible, though by no means proven, that intelligence agencies and private networks adjacent to these agencies are involved in sex trafficking to fund “off the books” operations. Accusations that intel agencies are involved in the drug trade have been flying around for decades. If they are involved in one criminal venture it would make sense that they are involved in another. Also, there is clearly alot of money in sex trafficking (as with the drug trade), and obviously that money goes somewhere. Its not possible to perfectly hide a multi-billion dollar industry. Its possible that this was the story behind Jeffrey Epstein–a fake billionaire who was really a frontman for the illicit sex trafficking trade, possibly connected in one or more intelligence agencies. Further, as with the Catholic Church, Penn State football, and Jimmy Saville, organizations are often unwilling to go after pedophiles in their midst. So there may be a handful of DC bigwigs who are pedophiles (see Dennis Hastert).

The rest of Q stuff beyond the above is looney-tunes.

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Expect conservative media to turn on Trump. FOX, talk radio, Breitbart, OAN, etc. Anything that is being subsidized by big money will soon be singing a new tune. Not one friendly to the Democrats, certainly, but one that makes Trump the scapegoat (not that he doesn’t deserve a big chunk of the blame). Evangelical pulpits that previously compared him to King David, suggesting he was God’s annointed, will spring forth with the new revelation that in fact, he was sent forth by the Devil, to test good Christians and lead them astray, and that wily Devil nearly succeeded. His prior liberal views, and his New York roots, will be emphasized–like George W. Bush before him, he will be branded a “liberal”. Who knows, we might see the GOP return to its prior Russia-hostile posture (back when the likes of John McCain and Mitt Romney would accuse Barack Obama of being soft on Moscow), and may double down on this, treating Trump as a Manchurian candidate. We might even see the accusation that Hillary Clinton deliberately threw the election, knowing just what a Pyrrhic victory

I have a relative who is a QAnon/MAGA supporter. They called me up last night over the doofus at the state Department who was pranking people by changing the end date of Trump’s presidency on the website, saying it was a coup, that things were going to go down, and to stock up on food, get cash out, and so on, because the power grid was going to be taken down last night at 7:30. The reason they were calling is that they had “gotten some good intel.” WTF? Why do I feel like that’s some guy who knows someone who once worked as the janitor at the CIA before being fired for stealing other people’s lunches? This person also has a nice, long career that they’re putting in jeopardy because of some weird, non-reciprocated political crush on Trump, the same guy who won’t even go march at the head of his angry mob? I felt a familial obligation to talk them down, to say that they shouldn’t post on social media because it’s being “watched” and that they should only communicate in person. Why? Because I’m hoping that they’ll manage to make it past inauguration day without completely screwing up their life with this garbage.

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Two big differences between 1946 Czechoslovakia and 2021 United States: 1) the Constitution; 2) a very well armed, and increasingly so, population between the coasts. Witness the widespread flouting of the law restricting “assault weapons” in even NY and Connecticut. Here in Phoenix I daresay exactly nobody would ever cooperate with a Biden buy-back of their AR/AK’s.

Obese reprogrammable meat bags who couldn’t run 5 miles to save their lives…
A fight between them and the US government would last three weeks, the ones who wouldn’t be droned in the first week, would have a swat team serving a no knock warrant at three in the morning the second week and the few survivors would lose access to all banking services in the third week. Good luck surviving in the USA with no credit or debit card, every camera in the country looking for you and all your physical assets impounded.
Watch how fast all the idiots who were involved in the beer hall putsch are being identified and arrested. They didn’t have the common sense to hide their faces, these are cosplayers, not revolutionaries. They swallowed the FOX/OAN/News Max bullsh*t, and now their lives are going to be ruined, in the best of scenario they are going to lose their jobs, their income and their families, in the worst cases they are going to spend a decade or more in the big house (I wonder how many of them will survive that experience).

They can’t cancel half the country! Oh, they can cancel the big fish, the ones with large followings, but not the real workers. Try vetting Facebook accounts to avoid hiring a wrong thinking electrician and your not going to fill that opening. Same with the people fulfilling orders at the Amazon warehouse or stocking shelves in all the Walmarts in the rural areas. Even Facebook can’t ban all the wrong thinking people without committing corporate suicide. If they ban my wrong thinking in-laws, my wife leaves too, Facebook only has power because of all the networks of real people, you can’t lose just half of them.

Almost twenty years ago now, a friend of a friend told me about something he’d discovered while he was in the Army. He did his service in peacetime and he went in with some office skills, so he spent most of his time in uniform working as a secretary to various officers. One day he discovered, in a rarely used filing cabinet at the back of the office, a document older than he was. He knew they weren’t supposed to keep anything that long, so he told his captain and was given a shredder, a set of guidelines, and three days to weed those files. Over the course of those three days, he got to see some documents he didn’t actually have clearance for, and some of them talked openly about how to reduce political participation by ordinary citizens so that government would have more freedom of action. The strategy proposed at the time was to step up the quality (in the sense of enjoyability) and availability of entertainment, so that ordinary people would be distracted by pleasure and, in his words, “forget that they were ever free.”
That doesn’t work so well in an environment of economic shrinkage and so a new method is being tried: a “death of a thousand cuts” that doesn’t actually outlaw political participation, but does make it more financially risky, such as big fines for mistakes in the collecting of signatures, so that you need a lawyer to go over everything. In Naomi Wolf’s book Give Me Liberty she discusses this, and there’s a very informative 6-minute snippet of her talking about it on YouTube from 2010, entitled “Naomi Wolf: When Protest is Effective and When it is Not.”
The Federal response to the year’s riots will be the next step in that process. Having whipped up passions among first the left and then the right to the point of mob action, they expect to have popular support for even more restrictions on public participation.

I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that Donald Trump and Eric Metaxas (among others) were very well paid to say the inflammatory things they said, just as I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that the news services were paid to pick up the video of George Floyd’s death, which might otherwise have been just another local news story.
The Powers That Be don’t care about trans rights or religious liberty or any of that, but they do want us to be so preoccupied with them that we have no attention left for thing things they do care about, such as foreign policy and the continued removal of restrictions on banking and finance. They want to be free to use the government’s power for their own ends while we argue about pronouns.

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I think the great Nathanael West forecast this all the way back in 1939. The movie premiere riot at the climax of The Day of the Locust, a distinctly American apocalypse, brightly burning by the dawn’s early light:
‘Their boredom becomes more and more terrible. They realize they’ve been tricked and burn with resentment. Every day of their lives they read the paper and went to the movies. Both fed them on lynchings, murder, sex crimes, explosions, wrecks, love nests, fires, miracles, revolutions, war. This daily diet made sophisticates of them. The sun is a joke. Oranges can’t titillate their jaded palates. Nothing can ever be violent enough to make taut their slack minds and bodies. They have been cheated and betrayed.’
You can’t read ‘slack minds and bodies’ and not think of the MAGA crowd. But at least West’s damned had Greta Garbo’s face in some magnificent movie palace to console them. Our damned only have Trump. The most damned of them all.

If were into tin-foil hat thinking, I’d posit a theory that the Elite created Qanon in order to distract the Trump base from real world problems and issues, the addressing of which might discomfit the Owning Class, and instead addict them to crazypants notions (“John Roberts eats babies for breakfast!”) that would embarrass a two bit pulp fiction scifi writer. And that of course serves to discredit the whole shebang by provoking violent behavior (we Americans will tolerate a lot– we do not tolerate public disorder) and render even the non-violent MAGA people utterly ridiculous.

Not to be too conspiratorial, but it really does feel like an intelligence operation that got out of hand. We all knew about Epstein for years, his conviction and light sentence, the flight logs, Bill Clinton, Alan Dershowitz, and then the arrest and sudden demise. I’d love some answers about how the hell he was allowed to operate in the open for so long, but I’ll never get them because everyone else who cares about this is obsessed with pizza restaurants and baby-eating reptilians.
It’s reminiscent of how the Air Force covered up secret aircraft development by making anyone who asked questions look like crazy black helicopter little green martian people.

The vast majority of people have never heard of QAnon. Hillary voters are more likely to have heard about QAnon than Trump voters.

I’m not surprised that more Hilary voters have heard of QAnon. When one of the most prominent politicians in your party gets accused of being part of of a pedophile ring whose members drink the blood of children, that’s a story that will get around. And when QAnon believers show up at Trump rallies wearing clothing bearing the Q identifier, Democrats will take notice. I also doubt that the mainstream right wing media that Trump voters consume are likely to cover QAnon. After all, at the family Thanksgiving dinner table, who wants to talk about the crazy relative who thinks it’s okay to marry your sister.

You might want to read about the Ghost Dance Movement among the native Americans in the late 1800’s. It’s considered a classic example of how cultures under stress can become deeply irrational and believe outright weird beliefs.
Basically the movement encouraged adherents to believe that through the dance they could overcome the US military forces, including becoming bullet proof. It didn’t work out and contributed to the wounded knee massacre.
I’d argue that the crazy beliefs we’re seeing on both the left and the right are examples of such thinking due to ongoing civilizational stress.

The only real difference between the Proud Boys et al and antifa is that antifa is smarter. Both have uniforms (camo vs black), carry weapons, attack the police, and want to overthrow the system while claiming to be defending democracy. But the antifa gang is smart enough to wear masks, attack people taking photos of them, and the plan their riots on secure messaging apps, making them much harder to ID and arrest.

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For the GOP to remain a viable conservative opposition party it must rid itself of Trump, and his impeachment and conviction would seem to accomplish just that, as it would bar him from running for office in the future. Seems like exactly what the GOP needs to do. From the point of view of GOP long term interests, what is the argument against impeachment?
The problem is that most of the GOP can’t think past the next election cycle’s primary, which is always about a year away. They’re all terrified of being primaried from the right by a Trumpist, and thus not only losing their own nomination but then seeing the seat possibly flip to the Democrats, especially in the suburbs.

The real really reality realness

January 13th, 2021

Pity everyone who was suckered into qanon, a transparwnt deep state operation. The real goods are to be found with ZANON. The discussion of the strands of qanon always dropped over at 4chan and 8chan — ZANON delves to a more attuned crowd over at 16chan and 32chan — not wanting to mess with those dopes stuck at 4 and 8.

History’s farce

January 11th, 2021

If you had told me this guy would, months after this interview, make it to the Seate chambe, to growl at the podium…

Just like all those Seators he so reveres…

Sure, but what do the symbols mean to this guy who sees mentioning “pasta” and “pizza” as symbolic covers for heinous acts?

In consideratiuon for now in vogue
Your Beer Hall Putsch of things…
We’re a decade away from this guy being dictator?

Civil War in larouche land on full display

January 8th, 2021

CIVIL WAR BREAKs OUT IN LAROUCHE-LAND. Twitterers turns snippy.

Hoo boy. Reputations hang in the balance. The reputation in question?larouche pac b like “here’s how trump can win if more people listen to beethoven”
It’s “lpac” vetsus “lorg”, and we see that Howie G chooses his side, slamming LPAC by implying (gasp) they’re down with The Beatles.
Sorry, Ben Franklin wasn’t a fan of the Beatles… Maybe Larouche Pac can make The Beatles” their official musical icon now? But if you want to think like Beethoven, go to lorg.
Ben holds it down for LPAC with biting sarcasam.
Good point, I remember reading Franklin’s critique of the Beatles… Very intelligent point you’re making.
To which Howie G makes it personal and does not allow lpac to claim the name “larouche”: yes barbaraboyd pac is having Beatles look alike remote concerts soon to fundraise…. or if you want to think like Beethoven, go to lorg.
And Ben ” goes there”.
Sounds like you should seek some help. There are many good programs out there,
Moving down the list on classic rock radio, Howie G lets the insults flow with another group.
As tears go by…. when is the Rolling Stones concert guys? You can do “look alike” … Maybe Larouche Pac can make rock star official musical icon now? But if you want to think like Beethoven, go to (lorg).
To which the official lpac tweet feed defends its honor by foundational rights.
Not at all sure what you’re referring to re: “Rolling Stones,” but thanks for the promotion of the PAC founded by Lyndon LaRouche!
Will Howie G move on to reference Cheap Trick? Time will tell.

And here we have Ben at lpac making a charge against Helga and LORG …
not joining in the fight
Boom! I called it perfectly. #sunshinepatriots deployed to the opposite side of the main activity, just so you can lead your broadcasts saying, “I was there.”
BURN!

II. Your warning to the Left.
recent discourse has convinced me that we may see another larouche moment on the left as opportunists attempt to weld chauvinism, conspiracy theory and a workerism of cultural signifiers.
And, an analysis.
Along the same lines… “Red Flash tendencies”.

III. A note to Matthew Sweet, who keeps (understandably enough) passing this line: The prosecutor in the case was the young Robert Mueller.. According to Molly Kronberg posting at the factnet forum not at factnet anymore, Mueller had the most minimal of involvement in the case — nevermind its convenience for Trump era Larouche storylines and nevermind no one outside of laroucheland will think anything of Mueller if it were the case.

A note to Bruce Todd: Who is to blame if Trump does not pardon Snowden, Assange amd especially Larouche? (And where was Bill Weld, winner of one delegate in the 2020 Republican nomination contest, at the Republican roll call?)

IV. We see that Harley Schlanger now gets referenced as “LaRouche Foundation spokesman”, as an entry the SGT Report, this does not put him in lpac or lorg.
An anti-China Larouchie… I guess ripe for the picking by lpac but not lorg.

We see lpac stick up a “Mission of lpac”, which I gather may be a statement of principles in this civil war.
Which faction will answer this concern?

CIA is an extension of mi-6, the Queen’s personal intelligence service. This is the hard and hidden truth which is staring everyone in the face. China walks to the beat of the British Monarchy drum, as had the US for the past century. I can prove it to you, LaRouche already has

We see Daniel Burke getting dozens of replies, and tens of tesponses as he defends Trump’s right to tweets and pbs airplay. For example:
You’d think someone with plans to be a career politician would be aware the President can give statements anytime he wants to for press releases. Or just walk into a local Waffle House and start a fight so someone will record him crying about Pence being mean to him.
And the perpetual question… larouche, really?

V. A NYT article on Noxon supporters in the last days of his administration gets a Larouche allusion. Worth mentionioning, Larouche was right there on behalf of Nixon… Odd Lefties they.

VI. Winning friends and influencing people in the Great Washington Rush. Signs along the highway. And at strip malls…
Recently into December, a friend and customer who frequents a strip mall told me about a LaRouche PAC kiosk place near the retailers still campaigning for the president. That seemed fine before the election, and undestandable a few days after—during the tumult.
However, by Thanksgiving week, we most accepted, even grudgingly, the math that Joe Biden was really going to win. It seems the reality.
Still, the kiosk returned, at this point in time hoping to do what?
And I wonder if this is even helping the folks at the kiosk. They looked like neighbors of similar 60s age and could very well be me. They seem just as concerned as me. One can certainly empathize with that.

VII. Funny thing on this… here

Donald Trump embarks on the next phase of his checkered career as a professional defendant, who will soon be spending more time in court than Perry Mason, the Cruz/Hawley axis of insanity is going to learn some harsh lessons, not the least of which is they have less chance of ever assuming the presidency than Lyndon LaRouche.
Round about here:
Without vast media attention, Trump’s influence will steadily dwindle. See, Huckabee, Mike. By 2024, Trump’s so-called “base” will pretty much consist of the Proud Boys, Alex Jones, Sidney Powell and the tiki torch crowd. Now there’s a gathering of braying beagles for you.
No mention of lpac or lorg. Even though I jad neen pondering a future disgraced Trump as a real “get” for the larouchies, but it does seem he has bigger platforms to “get”.
By 2024 would anyone be surprised to find Trump pimping My Pillows on Glenn Beck’s conspiracy theory radio show?

From the right a couple years’ back, an attempt to warn on Larouche.
If there is a conspiracy, LaRouche is your front-man and he’s trying his best to make Trump supporters seem intellectually weak, nutty and down right dangerous. Stop with the conspiracies and lets get back to trying to save our country.
I want to rescue the good name of conspiracy theorizing, but on the score here — hm… There is a broader prpblem than Larouche as spherehead to ” make Trump supporters seem” all that list.

Can go onto broader parts than contrarian minded prosecutors and defenders: It seems that there is a quick path to kookery for high level prosecutors. I don’t know the answer. I remember watching former US AG Ramsey Clark fall into this hole as well with his support for LaRouche and the Workers World Party.

VIII. LORG has lately been pumping up former surgeon genetal of the Clinton administratipn, Jocelyn Elders. It is worth pointing out the controversy which gave Bill Clinton his reason to fire her… And the specifics of it, which slide against Larouche ideology. The “Malthusian”ist question was whether teaching about masturbation in public schools may be good for population control. Elders’s response dod not directly respond to the ” population control” line.

IX. Noted sic: EIR Lead Article for SUNDAYY, December 20, 2020

And then… LaRouche PAC’s organizers on the ground January 6 in Washington, D.C. found the President’s supporters steadfastly committed to the movement Trump built and to expanding it to meet his promise to make America once again the manufacturing and industrial capital of the world and the center of profound discoveries on the frontiers of science. There was extraordinary and widespread recognition of the pioneering role of Lyndon LaRouche in creating the circumstance for overthrowing the occupation of our country by British, Wall Street, and Silicon Valley oligarchs.
Also there… LORG.

We see them linking to … I assume originally pegging an antifa provacateur for the violence and melee, but instead the Washington Timrs has an update…
Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that XRVision facial recognition software identified Antifa members among rioters who stormed the Capitol Wednesday. XRVision did not identify any Antifa members. The Washington Times apologizes to XRVision for the error.
They still have the Breitbart and asdorted alt right twitteters.

More from this gathering.
And spiritually about: Now is the moment my father said would come if a wacko like Lyndon LaRouche ever got elected. Well done MAGATs.

Quick shout out to Chinese media. Curiously, domestic consumption would stick with an equivalence with antifa or blm.

X. Memories…
ANDIn 1991, co-running GulfWatch, a daily news-sheet of the Scottish churches on the Gulf War & later published by Edinburgh Review http://alastairmcintosh.com/articles/1992-The-GulfWatch-Papers.pdf I had the LaRouche cult try to recruit me. Daily calls & faxes from Germany of “inside” info. Pushy! Soon sussed it as cultic.

AND
my grandpa had us helping him canvas as soon as we could speak in full sentences. I was 4 and hollering “No Larouche!” outside our polling place because my grandpa was pretty sure they wouldn’t arrest a preschooler for election
My dad loved to get into it with the LaRouchites. “So the Masons are part of this conspiracy? How high up do you have to be to know about it? My Dad’s a Mason. Does Dad know about this? And there’s this guy at my work…does Bob know? How can I find out?”

AND
recalling the one-two punch of the trotskyists and larouche people as i exited the student union like a year ago
larouche people were for sure significantly more deranged, i got around 30 seconds into talking to them before they mentioned “the british” (larouche dogwhistle for jews) and said they were to blame for the state of the modern world.

I’m old enough to remember when — if you wanted to hear stuff like this — you had to find the card table staffed by the LaRouche campaign at the ass-end of DFW airport.

AND I literally came across a LaRouchie stall once. The May edition of their paper said “NUCLEAR WAR TO BREAK OUT THIS MONTH!” The June issue said: “LAROUCHE PREVENTS NUCLEAR WAR!”

DELETED: 1974, college roommate’s brother, a serious larouchite
I got to read 100 page tracts on how American Civilization went off course after Benjamin Franklin
40 years later, in front of supermarket, a lady with a really off vibe, asking for signatures for her run for local office
when i say seriously off vibe, I mean one of those people you say hello to and go, whoa . . something wrong here
you could say LaRouche gave a lot of crazy people a purpose in life
if it kept them out of institutions, IMO, a net good for society.

As a kid I watched a Lyndon LaRouche hourlong ad. He was a respectable looking guy, using a respectable tone of voice, and speaking in complete sentences. Anyhoo, it didn’t take long to figure out that none of what he was saying made a whit of sense – Crenshaw fits that mold

Thomas Pynchon. Still out there.
I am curious what “scene” this “old timer to young whippersnapper” refers.


Interesting. I met with LaRouche supporters annually for about 15-years. I shared an expose which I asked them to read while I read their material.
Really? Interesting. I shopped once or twice in a bookstore he apparently owned in Leesburg, VA. I mean America has a long tradition of tolerating outside opinion but it’s been discouraging to me to see just how many people have learned to hate the “establishment” in our nation.

Intetesting introduction into campuses:
He places a spotlight on uncommon guests “to expose students to possibilities they may never have imagined.” Further, this instructor connects the guest speakers to an assignment. His students hear from libertarians, socialists, and followers of LaRouche. After engaging with these three ideological standpoints through reading materials and the guests’ talks, students write a paper articulating an argument on which position is most convincing, and whether that ideological standpoint stands a chance of being incorporated into American politics.

the franco side of Spanish civil war re-enactors attack

January 7th, 2021

Georgia Senate run-off Election analysis:
My sense is Perdue and Loeffler could have survived any 2 of these 3: being unimpressive candidates, GA shifting purple, and Trump being a maniac.

The most recent predecessors — most notably the 2008 election where a Democrat who came off the coat-tails of Obama to a 3 or 5 point loss and then was swamped utterly in the run-off — the very white waspy Democrat making a fool of himself in the run-off by doing a get out the vote effort standing next to some popular hip hop artists — tells the tale of number two in this list. I have no clue how to mark the first item on this list — the current political landscape is politically aligned and soul-crushingly homogenous — we see it in that there are six, count em SIX — three from each party– senators representing states carried by the other party on the presidential ticket.

Item three is where anyone focuses. I sighed deeply as I went ahead and read the — dishonest — explainer on the “stolen election” at the American Conservative magazine — probably, for anything worthwhile the comments section is what should be read, but nonetheless I wanted to guage a “what the hell is the claim”. A few specific claims I suppose yoy can go hunt if you have the time float in a general mass of easy to refute suppositions. Biden underperformed in the cities, you see, and over-performed in the suburbs.
Part of this has something to do with the continuing antics of the Spanish Civil War re-enactors. If we must place the two sides on an equivalence, the antifa forces storming the city central and the black lives matterers taken to shining lights in peoples’ houses at nights — alienate some in the city, with enough distance in suburbia to stick by the social justice trappings coming with ” black lives matter”.

The Republicans would have won these run-offs had Trump behaved even half-way as McCain and Palin did in 2008 — of course, they had reason to campaign for the Republican senator in sane and sensical manner that Trump maybe didn’t — being Republicans after all. The message was putting a check on the incoming Democratic administration, stopping a sixty seat Democratic Senate. Surely a message transferable to this fifty seat Senate.
The problem becomes one where Trump would not allow anyone in the suburbs to think about anything but Trump. Nowhere to pivot from still needing to vote to repudiate this faction of Spanish Civil War re-enactors looming there, about to strike on the day after the election on behalf of Trump.

This is how it is Marat
this is how she sees your revolution
they have a toothache/and think their teeth should be pulled
one man’s shoes pinch/while another man’s shoes fit comfortably
their soup is burnt/they shout for better soup!
a man finds his wife too skinny/he wants a plumper one
a woman finds her husband too short/she wants a taller one
a poet runs out of verse and desperately grasps for new images
for hours the angler casts his line/why aren’t the fish biting?
and so they join The Revolution
thinking The Revolution
will give them EVERYTHING
a fish
a poem
a new wife
a new husband
a new pair of shoes
and the best soup in the world
and so they storm all of the citadels
and there they are
and everything is just the same
no fish biting
verses botched
shoes pinching
a worn and stinking partner in bed
and the soup?
BURNT

From The Persecution and Assassination of Jean Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates at the Asylum at Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade.

The equivalence argument gets bizarre at times… As though it doesn’t reflect back and by definition. And then you get to tbe politicians on behalf of the anarchists on the left side of the Spanish Civil War re-enactment… Not quite there as opposed to wrapped behind Trump. Note Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s recent rhetorical ploy in claiming a Republican budgetry bill was… “Defunding the police”.

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Hopefully it will turn out as an empty show, with incels compensating for something by parading with their guns in the DC Capitol as earlier in the year they did in State Capitols at Trump’s urging (#LiberateVirginia, #LiberateMichigan, etc). But it only takes a single crazy man with a semiautomatic weapon to turn this into a mass shooting, so it feels like playing Russian roulette. Very irresponsible, and shame on Trump’s enablers for fueling this too, they should have known better.
What is going on in Trump’s mind, declaring martial law as Flynn was urging ? For this to be a Reichstag Fire, there should be some plausible way to frame Antifa or BLM for it, but crowds wearing MAGA hats make this framing rather difficult.

Predictably it is out there.

Impeachment in the last days is warranted

January 4th, 2021

“In any other conceivable moment in US history, this tape would result in the leadership of both parties demanding the immediate resignation of the President of the United States,” Carl Bernstein.

Yeah, he oughta be impeached again.

Comments… The “Whataboutitism”…

Actually, the only thing worse then is when conservatives act like it. If we don’t like what Trump is doing, then we should link it to the fact that in 2000, 2016, and to a lesser extent 2004 we saw the same attacks on the integrity of our elections and electoral process (with calls to alter the Constitution no less), though miraculously in 2008 and 2012 and now in 2020 everything is hunky-dory. We shouldn’t parrot the same outrageous claims being made.

Barbara Boxer was not taken seriously and last I checkef Hillary Clinton conceded.

Hawley’s gambit is a step toward undercutting and therefore, maybe, at some point eliminating the EC. Basically Hawley and Trump are asking Congress to treat certified electoral votes as mere suggestions that can easily be set aside. On that principle, any losing party in any state can hereafter do what Republicans are doing this time: appoint a bunch of people who will sign a paper calling themselves “electors” and send that in to Congress as an alternate slate. Congress can then just dump the certified votes if it wishes to. The logical upshot is that we don’t really need to hold elections and collect popular votes in the first place, we can go with our feeling or sense of the “mood” of a given state. Does it seem like Trump should be popular in Georgia? Well then, let’s just go ahead and say he won it. Because otherwise the Trump voters there will “feel” that their “voices weren’t heard,” as Hawley puts it.

It gets worse. There’s no surprise in the fact that the GOP might want to nullify the people’s votes, which is what Trump and his enablers spent much of November and the first half of December trying to do. But now they’ve gone on to trying to nullify the Electoral College votes as well. This would amount to amending the Constitution sub silentio to allow Congress to appoint presidents as it wishes. We wouldn’t really need any presidential election at all, in the same way that a parliamentary system typically has no election for prime mininster, just for legislative seats. Of course, there would still be a danger that Democrats might win control of Congress from time to time and appoint Democratic presidents. That problem could be solved by creating a kind of executive council that controlled the Congress and appointed its own members. Perhaps a good name for such a council would be the “Politburo.”

Wasn’t this how Rome moved from a Republic?

Nothing….but nothing has stopped the Democrats from systematically seeking to delegitimize the election of every Republican victory since 2000. Nothing stopped the Democrats from seeking to stop, dispute, block, overturn, remove, or deny the legitimacy of George W. Bush’s victories – either in 2000, when Gore took things all the way to the Supreme Court; (Trump tried to doso, with even less success) nor in 2004, when Democrats objected to electoral college certification. Certainly nothing stopped the Democrats and their allies in 2016 (and every day since) from throwing everything including the kitchen sink at Trump.. (Not sure what that means. Just about everyone I know in the thicket of ” Resistance” accepted the reality, with shades of perspective on “what it means”. To quite a few it seemed to provide them with an elitist glee, confirmation on the rottenness of a part of the public — ” Amerika”, as it wete.

Look at Bin Laden. Gets a few crazies on a plane to cause a disaster and the US subsequently pisses away more than a decade and like $8 trillion chasing his specter around the Middle East. If history identifies one person responsible for bringing down the American empire more than any other, my vote is on him.
Look at Putin in 2016. Sticks his finger in Hillary’s eye for meddling herself in Russian elections by hacking a few emails, most Democrats subsequently treat Trump as illegitimate and tainted and now Republicans think turnaround is fair play and are openly throwing doubt on Biden’s win. With a very small act the entire American political system is starting to wobble… this is the sort of thing Washington has wanted for 20 years in Russia, and Putin entirely turned the tables. By hacking emails.

I need to find the quote from Fiona Hill ultimately down playing any Russian role in the election of Trump — he captured a zeitgiest and everone has to grapple with his four year’s legitimacy.

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I’m just so sick of all of them. Every politician in every party. “Humble servants of the American people” MY ASS. I’ve barely made it through the pandemic without landing in inpatient psych (just wait two more weeks!!!!!) and I don’t want to raise my kid in any more chaos than he’s already experienced, but at this point, the whole stupid “grand experiment in democracy” just needs to burn to the ground. We suck. America sucks. And the people who run America, they especially suck. If I was allowed into the Schengen Zone I think I’d just pack our bags and move us into some abandoned stone cottage in the middle of nowhere Central Europe and stay off the grid forever, but I’m barely allowed outside my own front door at this point, so….screw them all.. All righty then.

It’s likely simpler than all this. He sees that there is a sizeable number of Americans who want someone to get in and fight. They’re tired of Republicans who charge forth with white flags waving. They also have little patience for those who live rather high on the hog saying ‘We have to accept that our best days are behind us and things will be dim in the future … excuse me, but I have to catch my next flight to the next exotic location or party with the upper crust.’
They want someone who will stand up, even if it’s a lost cause like this. I have no doubt that the election was not stolen or rigged. Gamed? Yes. But stolen in the sense of ‘truck load of ballots taken from voting booths’? No. Nonetheless, the recent conservative leadership strategy or rolling over and playing
… Media biases justify any counter-move at all?

Trump is constitutionally incapable of accepting responsibility for losing the election. The media did not make him boorishly call Stormy Daniels “horse face” on Twitter and say countless other eyebrow raising and cringeworthy things until the people just got exhausted with him. The American people want a president who acts like one. He was elected on contingency, given a chance with hopes that he would grow into the position. He blew it, and has done plenty since November to confirm the soundness of his collective rejection.. Odd to select that one somewhat forgettable Stormy Daniels offense, but the case works despite itself.

Yeah, in many ways it’s the logical endpoint of the years of prattling on Fox News and elsewhere about “Real Americans”, and the clear obverse to that concept… that Democrats or liberals or ” coastal elies” or

Heh. Maybe. But it’s also the case that the Democratic Party operates on the principle that only its constituents are true members of the polity. You really think the bluebloods in Seattle have any interest in sharing power with the wheat farmers of the Palouse? Pfft.

There is no actual ‘authoritarianism’ coming from anywhere on the right except Trump’s tweets which are a clown show to rile up the base and make them feel like they’re owning the libs for real this time. His actual governance was less authoritarian than Obama’s, a point made clearly by notorious alt-right hater Glenn Greenwald. Liberals firmly control every institution in this country except elected offices which are a more evenly mixed bag. These institutions as a whole are far more influential than the government (even if it was competent and not eternally gridlocked) in terms of changing American society and culture. The more salient delusion here is liberals who don’t see how thoroughly they’ve won and use Trump as an eternally-looming Leon Trotsky figure to justify the next step in the Great Purge.
Return to normalcy the lesser of two weevils.